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University of Iowa News Release


May 17, 2007

STAR 102.5 Radiothon Supports UI Children's Hospital

Des Moines radio station STAR 102.5 will broadcast the ninth annual Ken and Colleen's Kids Radiothon May 23-25 to benefit patients and their families of University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

The special event will originate live from the atrium lobby on the first level of UI Hospitals and Clinics, the state's only comprehensive academic medical center. The STAR 102.5 morning team will share the stories of patients, parents and staff at UI Children's Hospital.

"We look forward to this program with great anticipation," said Bill Wells, STAR 102.5 vice president and general manager. "It is always very gratifying to be able to work together for such a tremendous cause."

Colleen Kelly, STAR 102.5 morning host, will help lead the radiothon team. "This event affects all of us on a deeply personal level, and I know all of us are extremely committed to doing whatever we can for these families," she said."

Radiothon proceeds help create new programs for children and support ongoing research, enhancements to patient stays through services such as pain management, and patient education. For more information about Children's Miracle Network, visit online at

"We highly value our partnership with STAR 102.5," added Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital. "Their commitment helps us provide the most advanced, family-centered care possible to the sickest children in the state and region."

Ken and Colleen's Kids is supported by Affinity Credit Union, Des Moines Mitsubishi, Capital City Graphics, Electrical Works Local 347 and COSTCO. For more information about how you can support the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Michelle Altmaier at 3l9-335-9003. You can also make a pledge online at

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 165-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,